Did you know that the mojito has been routinely presented as a favorite drink of author Ernest Hemingway?
Traditionally, a mojito is a cocktail with five ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice) or simple syrup, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint.
The original Cuban recipe uses spearmint or yerba buena, a mint variety very popular on the island. The mojito is one of the most famous rum-based highballs. Perhaps the other is daiquiri?
When preparing a mojito, lime juice is added to sugar (or syrup) and mint leaves. The mixture is then gently mashed with a muddler or muddled with a masher. The mint leaves should only be bruised to release the essential oils and should not be shredded. Then rum is added and the mixture is briefly stirred to dissolve the sugar and to lift the mint leaves up from the bottom for better presentation. Finally, the drink is topped with whole ice cubes and sparkling soda water. Mint leaves and lime wedges are used to garnish the glass.
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As for the origin, like most cocktails, there are as many variations of origin as there are mojito variations. Circle of Food prefers the classic version and not the flavored mojitos like blackberry or pineapple. Each to their own. Cheers.
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